When children catch their first glimpse of a pyramid, a sea of questions inevitably tumbles forth. "Why are they shaped like that?" "How were they made?" "Who made them?" "What were they used for?" Perplexed adults can sigh with relief now that David Macaulay has found a way to thoroughly answer all those deserving questions. His exquisitely crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations frame the engaging fictional story of an ancient pharaoh who commissions a pyramid to be built for him. With great patience and respect for minute detail (not unlike the creators of the early pyramids), Macaulay explains the sometimes backbreaking tasks of planning, hauling, chiseling, digging, and hoisting that went into the construction of this awe-inspiring monument. Just when the narrative teeters on the edge of textbook doldrums, Macaulay brings us back to the engaging human drama of death and superstition. This respectful blending of architecture, history, and mysticism will certainly satiate pyramid-passionate children as well as their obliging parents. ALA Notable Book. (Ages 9 and older) --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The four books: Pyramid, Mill, City and Castle. I learned a lot about line drawing as a kid from these books. Read morePublished 13 days ago by YouTube's Real Inventor
Clear, concise, gives a good idea of the subject. Certainly
a very fine book for a young student of history. Highly recommended.
Mr. Macaulay has written a series of these wonderful, educational books showing how fascinating structures are designed and built.Published 5 months ago by Joel L. Reinleib
Not what I expected, for sure. Written for junior high age readers, apparently. Illustrations were difficult to read even when opened up on my tablet. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband wanted a book on Pyramids. He had a doctor who was from Egypt and got interested. This book explained the way they built these pyramids. Very educational.Published 13 months ago by Grama
This is an awesome book let down by a terrible digitization. The beautiful drawings are poorly scanned, leaving them looking like crap. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Human Shield
This book is not a story as I was expecting but it was still pretty interesting to read about how they think the pyramids were made. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Melody Resnick